Friday, August 21, 2009

The Scrapes and Sounds From the Ward Live! 25th August @ Ric's!

Just a reminder that the Scrapes and our friends Sounds From the Ward will be playing Ric's Bar in the Valley here in Bris on Tuesday the 25th of August from 8pm (the Ward will most likely go on round 9:30 as is the custom). Also the Ward have posted up our combined jam at 4zzz on Wednesday night on their myspace:


Thursday, August 20, 2009

the Scrapes and Sounds From the Ward hijack 4ZZZ!

Hello hello,

Last night and into the first hours of today the Scrapes and Sounds From the Ward took over the booth at 4ZZZ with a sea of cables and strange electronic things. We performed the View From Here off our self-made self-self CDR (which by the way anyone can just ask us for and we may or may not make you pay for it) followed by a combined drone freak-out with Sounds From the Ward joining us...resplendent with strange excerpts from Silence of the Lambs and other unsettling sounds. For anyone who heard this strange event we apologise in advance for the psychological damage it may have caused...ha ha ha.


Monday, August 17, 2009

RIP Rashid Ali

Rest In Peace: Rashid Ali

Rashied Ali, Free-Jazz Drummer, Dies at 76
Published: August 14, 2009
Rashied Ali, whose expressionistic, free-jazz drumming helped define the experimental style of John Coltrane’s final years, died Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 76.

The cause was a heart attack, said his wife, Patricia Ali.

Mr. Ali, who first encountered Coltrane in their Philadelphia neighborhood in the late 1950s, made the leap from admiration to collaboration in the mid-1960s, when he joined Elvin Jones as a second drummer with Coltrane’s ensemble at the Village Gate in November 1965.

Mr. Ali recorded with Coltrane and Jones on the 1965 album “Meditations” and, after replacing Jones as Coltrane’s drummer, on the duet album “Interstellar Space” (1967), one of the purest expressions of the free-jazz movement.

“I didn’t know what it was, but he called it multidirectional rhythms,” Mr. Ali said of his drumming in an interview for the documentary “The World According to John Coltrane” (1990). On Mr. Ali’s Web site,, Rashid Ali's Web site his playing is described as “a multirhythmic, polytonal propellant, helping fuel Coltrane’s flights of free-jazz fancy.”

Mr. Ali was born Robert Patterson into a musical family in Philadelphia. He started out on piano and dabbled with trombone and trumpet before finding his way to the drums, which he began to play seriously while serving with Army bands during the Korean War. Perhaps thanks to his military experience, he always executed drumrolls with crisp precision.

On returning to Philadelphia, Mr. Ali played in local rhythm-and-blues and rock ’n’ roll groups before moving on to jazz. He studied with Philly Joe Jones and paid close attention to heroes like Max Roach and Art Blakey, but a turning point came when he listened to Coltrane’s recordings with Jones. “Instead of being a timekeeper drummer, I wanted to play more,” he recalled for the Coltrane documentary.

Mr. Ali moved to New York in 1963 and began playing with progressive jazz musicians like Don Cherry, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp and Albert Ayler. His first important recording was with Shepp on the album “On This Night.”

After pestering Coltrane to be allowed to sit in with his group at the Half Note jazz club and eventually getting a chance one evening, Mr. Ali passed up the golden opportunity to perform as a second drummer with Jones on the album “Ascension,” the seminal record of the free-jazz movement. He later realized his mistake and accepted second-drummer status at the Village Gate and on “Meditations.”

After Coltrane’s death in 1967, Mr. Ali performed with Alice Coltrane and then toured Europe. Returning to New York, he opened a club, Ali’s Alley, in a building he bought in SoHo, then in its early bohemian phase. The club, a showcase for free-jazz musicians, was at the center of the loft jazz scene of the 1970s. It operated until 1979, and Mr. Ali lived in the building for the rest of his life.

From the 1980s until his death, Mr. Ali performed and recorded with several avant-garde groups, including Phalanx, By Any Means and Prima Materia, an ensemble devoted to interpreting the music of Coltrane and Ayler. Most recently he appeared with the Rashied Ali Quintet, which he formed in 2003, and performed as a duo with the saxophonist Sonny Fortune.

Besides his wife, he is survived by two brothers, the jazz drummer Muhammad Ali and Theodore Patterson, both of Philadelphia, and nine children.
“He could play straight, put down the time and swing,” the critic Stanley Crouch said. “He had a good command of his instrument. He once told me that he thought of himself as playing in 4/4, but the other realms of 4/4 that we don’t usually hear.”


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

AUGUST 25th @ Ric's with Sounds from the Ward

As one can see on the poster below...the Scrapes are playing Ric's on the 25th with other local suckers for droning dark places Sounds From the Ward

Free entry. 8pm (although Sounds From the Ward aren't on til 9:30 or so)

Also we Scrapes will be appearing on 4zzz 102.1 FM next Wednesday on the Rusted Sattelites show at 11pm to play a piece and talk a wee bit of shit I imagine! So tune in and have a listen to our first live radio broadcast...also just listen to Rusted Sattelites generally as they play cool stuff (and yes that oft includes us...) if you like the spaced out side of things.

Recommended brain frying: the Fugs first album...the best kind of madness.


Thursday, August 6, 2009

Big fuckoff tardis studio


Scraping was had in the studio last night. As stated above it has a big fuckoff desk...and whilst Ryan is the music tech geek I got to press buttons while he did his tracks...very exciting stuff. In further news we managed to get some stuff down for some new songs for the album we're going to put together progressively over the coming months. I even played a little piano last night which is new for us and it sounds very bleak indeed! We also put down some guitar parts for the charmingly titled "German Tumours" which for any of you who may have seen us live is the great big black hole sounding one with the dirty, dirty drum machine. We got ourselves a very nasty guitar sound indeed (not unlike Montreal band Menace Ruine whom you should check out now!). That ist all.


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

the Scrapes live again!

We once again shall be playing Browning St Studios tomorrow night supporting Ambitious Lovers, Mt Augustus and Bud Petal (Sydney) for Bud Petal's Brisbane album launch. We'll be on first at 8:30pm or so...Tickets are about 5 bucks I hear...that is all. Actually also we shall be going into the studio this evening to record a new track for a forthcoming album proper. More on that soon.

Two Fs today:
Friction and Furze...listen to them.